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A silver gondola with a Vail logo on it heads up the mountain on a series of cables. Green trees and foliage blanket the terrain in the background, as does a grey-and-purple mountain ridge.





Year Round

Scenic Gondola

Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Vail Mountain from Vail Village and Lionshead. Atop Eagle’s Nest, you’ll find Vail’s Epic Discovery activities and dining options.  Atop Gondola One, you’ll be delighted with spectacular views and dining options.  Both gondolas provide access to Vail Mountain’s network of hiking and biking trails!  Grab a map and explore! Get more insider tips for riding a scenic Vail gondola.

Local’s Tip: Though the Gondola runs year round, summer is the more popular time due to the lack of skier traffic and access to more diverse activities at the top.

Vail Mountain Gondola Summer Dates:

  • Gondola One (#1) and Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) are Open Daily 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM, June 14 – September 4th
  • Gondola One (#1) and Eagle Bahn Gondola (#19) are Open from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September 6th to September 29th, 2024.
  • Vail Mountain’s Epic Discovery returns with the Forest Flyer Mountain Coaster, Eagle’s Nest Tubing Hill, Marmot Mini Kid’s Tubing Hill, kids zipline, bungee trampoline, Paramount Peak Climbing Wall, Gore Creek Mini Golf and more.
  • Scenic gondola rides, gondola-accessed hiking, and bike haul will be available from both Vail and Lionshead Villages (snow melt and weather dependent).
  • Gondolas access mountaintop food and beverage at MidVail and Eagle’s Nest.

Plus, Kids 12 and under ride free with an adult purchase of a Scenic Ride Ticket; allowing the whole family to experience magical views of the Vail Valley and access miles of hiking in the mountains.



Fully enclosed footwear (no heel straps) are required for all activities, including all ziplines. Be aware, mountain weather changes quickly and there is usually at least a 10-degree temperature difference from the bottom to the top of the lifts. Bring a raincoat and consider a sweater or fleece layer.  Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, such as hiking boots or tennis shoes. Hair ties are suggested for shoulder length hair or longer.


At 10,000 feet, exposure to the sun is 40% greater than it is at sea level. We recommend sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 15 or higher, as well as eye protection.


Afternoon thunderstorms are common in the mountains and may cause interruptions and delays in summer activities and lift operations. Lifts and activities may close on occasion due to weather conditions, causing delays. Take proper precautions when you see or hear a storm developing: seek shelter, keep off ridgelines, and stay clear of chairlift houses, lift towers, power lines, open spaces, lone trees, and signposts.


If you live at a lower elevation, you may tire more easily. Take it easy at first, plan short trips until you are acclimated and drink plenty of water. Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with Vail’s high altitude. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, and dizziness, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing and difficulty in breathing. If symptoms persist or if you have a concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.

Not a skier? Find information on taking a scenic gondola ride in winter